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Brett Smith, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

Congratulations!!! You have just taken your first step towards an improved life! When we hurt our finger we are quick to go to the doctor for help, but when we suffer mental health concerns, we often, for many reasons, think we need to take this burden on ourselves. This is unfortunate as many mental health issues are successfully treated on a regular basis. So I congratulate you on your success at taking this first step.

You are on this site because there is something in your life keeping you from the adventure life should be. Let me help you resolve this issue. I have been in the counseling field for approx. 20 yrs. I came to this field in an attempt to resolve my own issues with PTSD. I'm a combat veteran and a former law enforcement officer. I have an intimate understanding of trauma, both on the clinical side, and the side of the victim. My interest has been to explore the consequences of trauma, and how it affects our behavior. One of the most surprising things I learned, was how long the symptoms of trauma persist, and how involved they can be in our lives. As a result of this experience, I have worked most of my career assisting clients with personality disorders and trauma symptoms.

My style is direct. I use primarily dialectical behavior therapy but will switch modalities if the situation needs flexibility. I have post-grad work in Hypnotherapy and am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist utilizing Ericksonian/transformational concepts. My skills are enhanced by my experience in working in emergency departments conducting emergency psychiatric assessments for patients in crisis. This has improved my diagnostic skills and has helped me unravel many difficult cases.

In my personal life, my wife and I like to sail our own sailboat. In our future, we plan to live-aboard and travel the world. In addition to boating, we like to travel and spend time outdoors backpacking and kayaking. we stay active and outdoors as much as possible. My wife is retired from a life in law enforcement, and we both enjoy raising and training dogs.

It has been a pleasure sharing a little bit about me, and I hope you contact me so, together, we can make life less of an ordeal and more the grand adventure it is supposed to be. I look forward to meeting you!

Personality Disorders
Trauma Treatment

Professional experience

22yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Infidelity, Jealousy, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Hypnotherapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

CA LMFT 46410


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Brett Smith. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

The moment I started communicating with Brett, he made me feel comfortable. During our first live video session he was so insightful and I learned a lot even though I’m not the best at being able to express myself. I look forward to working more with Brett in coming days, weeks…months! I highly recommend him.

Written on Jan 26, 2024 after therapy with Brett for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have had nothing but Great experiences with Brett. I even stopped therapy for a couple months, but he persisted contact, and I came back. Thank you Brett.

Written on Nov 25, 2023 after therapy with Brett for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Brett is awesome very smart and up lifting. Great personality and response quick !

Written on Aug 22, 2023 after therapy with Brett for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

My experience with therapy has been life-changing in only a positive way. I feel like I am healing to become a version of myself that I hadn't dared dream it was possible to be.
Brett is a fantastic therapist and he listens and interacts in a combination of both a literature/training-supported and bespoke way.

Written on Aug 12, 2023 after therapy with Brett for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

I had 1st session with Brett. The discussion was straight forward and we went through my challenges and what I want to achieve. I like this approach, direct precise questions.

Brett is knowledgeable about his area, he explained few points logically and scientifically.

In the 1st session, we made action for me to take! I am looking forward to next session.

Written on Jul 01, 2023 after therapy with Brett for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

I am very grateful for Brett's help. He is very knowledgeable, kind and supportive. I definitely trust him and I know he sincerely cares about my wellbeing

Written on May 01, 2023 after therapy with Brett for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem